‘A mega race from all of us’ reflects Fabio Scherer on second LMP2 victory

Fabio Scherer of the #22 United Autosports crew was delighted to have won his second race and finishing third on the overall podium at Monza.

Reigning LMP2 teams’ and driver’s champions United Autosports finished on the World Endurance Championship podium for the eighth consecutive time since Bahrain 2019.

Their latest FIA WEC rookie Fabio Scherer missed the second round of the championship after his maiden win at Spa-Francorchamps.

Himself and teammates Filipe Albuquerque and Phil Hanson returned to form and claimed their second victory this year at the 6 Hours of Monza.

“It was an amazing race for me and the team,” the 22-year-old told Last Lap.

“I felt amazing in the car. I was able to drive consistently and smoothly, and it was especially amazing because I wasn’t running the car for 2 months (since Spa).

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“I was almost a bit too excited in the first stint (of his double stint midway) so due to that, the tyres dropped a tiny bit in the second one.

“But overall, [a] mega race from all of us and I’m really happy with my performance,” he concluded after further immersing himself with the endurance customs of driver changes etc.

Albuquerque repeated his traditional rapid qualifying pace to P2 in LMP2, with only that flying lap to hand after Stoffel Vandoorne’s accident at Lesmo 1.

Another WEC rookie, Charles Milesi in the #31 Team WRT beat them to his first pole by just 0.030s.

Hanson managed to edge ahead of them at the start of the race, taking the lead. They were being chased by the #31, with Ferdinand Habsburg asserting an impressive double-stint of his own.

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However, the #22 crept away with the lead which was enhanced by a slower pit stop from the #31 crew.

Scherer entered the car around the three-hour mark for a double stint with times regularly in the 1m40s and intelligent traffic management on the GTEs.

Milesi was in the #31 behind but was either nearing Scherer’s pace, or matching it which deemed them unable to narrow the gap (which grew to 30s by the checkered flag).

It was a dominant performance by the #22 United Autosports crew to claim their second victory of this season, but also claim P3 on the overall podium for the first time (fifth occurrence in WEC history).

Next time out, it will be the Swiss driver’s debut at the 24 Hours of Le Mans with the team who are reigning LMP2 winners of the historic race.